Annual defense authorization work to ramp up in the next few weeks

by Vern Evans

Last week, Senate Armed Services Committee officials announced they will hold markups of the massive defense policy measure the week of June 10, with an eye towards sending the measure to the full Senate for consideration in mid-summer.

Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee officials are looking to hold their day-long marathon markup of the measure in late May, although no specific date has been announced.

The authorization bill has passed through Congress for more than six decades and typically contains a host of policy changes and spending guidelines for the Defense Department. Nearly all significant military legislation that passes the House and Senate in a given year is considered or included as part of the measure, making it a key focus for advocates and Pentagon planners.

Tuesday, April 16

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — 216 Hart
Air Force Budget
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman will testify on the FY25 defense budget request.

House Appropriations — 9:30 a.m. — 2008 Rayburn
FY2025 Budget
The U.S. Forest Service will defend its request for funding next year with testimony expected from Mark Lichtenstein, national budget director, and Forest Service Chief Randy Moore.

Senate Homeland Security — 10 a.m. — 342 Dirksen
Oversight
The Postmaster General will be joined by the USPS inspector general and chair of the Postal Regulatory Commission to discuss issues facing the service.

Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m. — Capitol S-116
Pending Business
The committee will consider several pending bills and nominations.

Senate Appropriations — 10 a.m. — 192 Dirksen
Navy/Marine Corps Budget
Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti will testify on the FY25 defense budget request.

House Appropriations — 10 a.m. — 2362-B Rayburn
VA Budget
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough will testify on the FY25 budget request for his department.

House Veterans’ Affairs — 1 p.m. — 360 Cannon
Pending Legislation
The committee will consider several pending bills.

House Armed Services — 3 p.m. — 2212 Rayburn
Defense Installations
Military construction and housing officials will testify on current challenges.

House Veterans’ Affairs — 3 p.m. — 360 Cannon
Pending Legislation
The committee will consider several pending bills.

House Ways and Means — 3 p.m. — 2020 Rayburn
Federal retirement
The Social Security subcommittee will investigate the Windfall Elimination Provision and government pension offsets.

House Armed Services — 3:30 p.m. — 2118 Rayburn
Fixed-Wing Tactical Aircraft
Military aviation officials will testify on future challenges and the FY25 budget request.

Wednesday, April 17

House Veterans’ Affairs — 9:30 a.m. — 360 Cannon
Pending Legislation
The committee will consider several pending bills.

Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m. — 419 Dirksen
Indo-Pacific Alliances
Outside experts will testify on the status of current U.S. partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.

Senate Homeland Security — 9:30 a.m. — 342 Dirksen
Labor relations
Colleen Duffy Kiko and Anne Marie Wagner will offer testimony on their nominations as members of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

House Appropriations — 10 a.m. — 2359 Rayburn
Defense Budget
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. CQ Brown will testify on the FY25 defense budget request.

House Veterans’ Affairs — 1 p.m. — 360 Cannon
Pending Legislation
The committee will consider several pending bills.

House Appropriations — 2 p.m. — 2362-A Rayburn
Air Force Military Construction
Air Force installations officials will testify on Air Force and Space Force military construction and family housing issues.

House Appropriations — 2 p.m. — 2359 Rayburn
NASA Budget
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Bill Nelson will testify on the FY25 budget request.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — 2172 Rayburn
Russo-Iranian Threats
Outside experts will testify on Iranian cooperation and coordination with Russian officials.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — 2200 Rayburn
Western Hemisphere Gangs
State Department officials will testify on instability and gang violence in the Western Hemisphere.

House Armed Services — 3 p.m. — 2118 Rayburn
Navy Projection Forces
Navy officials will testify on the FY25 budget request.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs — 3:30 p.m. — 418 Russell
Pending Legislation
The committee will consider several pending bills.

Senate Armed Services — 3 p.m. — G-50 Dirksen
Military Medical Care
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Honorable Lester Martínez-López and service officials will testify on troops’ access to prescription drugs.

Senate Armed Services — 4 p.m. — 232-A Russell
Army Modernization
Gen. James Rainey, head of Army Futures Command, will testify on service modernization efforts and the FY25 budget request.

Thursday, April 18

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — 216 Hart
Army Budget
Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George will testify on the FY25 defense budget request.

Senate Homeland Security — 10 a.m. — 342 Dirksen
Funding requests
Hearings to examine the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2025 for the Department of Homeland Security

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